A second Ocean County resident infected was diagnosed with measles Friday and now others may be at risk of catching it.
Anyone who visited the LabCorp at 1352 River Ave. in Lakewood on March 5 after 3:45 p.m. may have been exposed to measles, the New Jersey Department of Health said.
The announcement comes two days after the department said it confirmed a case of the highly contagious disease in a county resident who had visited two places while infected.
Health officials warned anyone who visited Congregation Sons of Israel – Park Avenue, 401 Park Ave., on Feb. 26, 2019, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m, or the Kol Shimshon synagogue, at 323 Squankum Road, on Feb. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. that they also may have been exposed.
The health department asked people who visited any of these three Lakewood locations to call their doctor “immediately to discuss potential exposure and risk of developing the illness.”
The department said it was investigating to see if there was a connection between the two cases or the previous outbreak in Ocean County, or current outbreaks in other states.
These two new measles were reported just under two months after a 3-month long outbreak sickened 33 people in Ocean and Passaic counties ended.
People who have not been vaccinated or have not had measles were at risk of getting the disease, which usually starts with symptoms including fever, coughing and a rash that usually starts on the face.
These symptoms might not develop until as late as March 26 for anyone who was possibly infected at the LabCorp.
Measles can also cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis, a swelling of the brain, and can lead to a miscarriage, premature birth or low-birth weight baby for pregnant women, the CDC said.
It can be spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes and an people can get sick if they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person, officials said.
The New Jersey Department of Health also warned on Feb. 26 that a New Jersey resident with measles may have exposed others to measles in Bergen County.